Ac­quit­ted of­fi­cer to quit Tulsa force

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

OK­LA­HOMA CITY — A white Ok­la­homa po­lice of­fi­cer ac­quit­ted of fa­tally shoot­ing an un­armed black man sub­mit­ted her res­ig­na­tion from the Tulsa Po­lice Depart­ment on Fri­day, say­ing the desk job where she had been as­signed made her feel iso­lated from fel­low of­fi­cers.

Of­fi­cer Betty Shelby’s res­ig­na­tion is ef­fec­tive Aug. 3, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease from the Tulsa branch of a na­tional po­lice union. She also said she was pray­ing for heal­ing for the fam­ily of Ter­ence Crutcher, who died af­ter she opened fire in Septem­ber.

“As I have stated be­fore, the in­ci­dent with Ter­ence Crutcher was a tragedy for ev­ery­one in­volved, and I am sorry he lost his life,” Shelby said. “I will con­tinue to pray for the unity of our com­mu­nity, the safety of our cit­i­zens and our po­lice of­fi­cers.”

Shelby, 43, was ac­quit­ted in May of man­slaugh­ter in Crutcher’s slay­ing. Po­lice Chief Chuck Jor­dan put her in an ad­min­is­tra­tive role May 19, two days af­ter her ac­quit­tal. She was not al­lowed on street pa­trol while an in­ter­nal depart­ment in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­tin­ued.

Tulsa po­lice spokesman Sgt. Shane Tuell would not speak specif­i­cally about Shelby but said in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tions end when of­fi­cers are no longer em­ployed by the depart­ment.

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